Repo! The Genetic Opera Reviews

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
February 15, 2013
The lowbrow and highfalutin collide in an orgy of upscale disembowelment as director Darren Lynn Bousman gives uneasy birth to the gore opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 21, 2012
The case for its quality is solid, the music is catchy, and "Repo!" may just destined for cult royalty.
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
June 2, 2010
Andrew Lloyd Webber meets SAW!
William Goss
December 17, 2009
Repo! isn't like anything else out there, for whatever it's worth, or anything I've ever seen; between us, though, I'm going to hold out for a midnight staple more my speed.
Mark R. Leeper
April 13, 2009
This is a Grand Guignol science fiction rock opera. The plot is minimal and for a rock opera, there is too little real melody.
| Original Score: 5/10
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
March 6, 2009
Falling somewhere between Rocky Horror, Moulin Rouge! and Eyes Without A Face (with songs!), Repo! The Genetic Opera is the filmic equivalent of what architects call a 'folly'.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
March 5, 2009
somewhere between Nine Inch Nails and The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Biodrowski
February 19, 2009
There is too much ambition on display for the film to be completely dismissed, but good intentions carry Repo! only partway toward success.
Rob Gonsalves
February 3, 2009
Truly, the movie doesn't gain a lot from being set to music; after about half an hour it starts to feel like a gimmick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
January 20, 2009
If you're looking for insight into the death and resurrection of Christ, look no further: I can think of no better means by which to experience the cumulative effect of three days in hell in under 100 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: F
Brian Orndorf
January 13, 2009
Repo! lingers long after it ends, due in great part to a handful of memorable tunes and its persistent funky attitude, marked by an impressive desire to savor oddity and unconventional displays of heartache.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Lucius Gore
January 10, 2009
No, fans of "Mamma Mia!" won't be too thrilled with "Repo! The Genetic Opera."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 5, 2009
[A] gory, off-putting musical, which tries to combine Gothic rock stylings with the grotesque sensibilities of so-called, 'torture-porn' horror-thrillers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
December 18, 2008
Bousman's editing and camera angles are consistently inventive, and the production design (Blade Runner is a big influence, as is Disneyland's "Haunted Mansion" attraction) squeezes a lot of bang out of every buck.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jesse Hassenger
December 8, 2008
clearly strives to defy description, which of course makes it fun to describe
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
November 21, 2008
As it has evolved from a 10-minute cabaret piece, through a short film Bousman made in Toronto, to the big screen, Repo! The Genetic Opera has gained in both guts and gusto.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
November 21, 2008
Repo! is a bloody grotesquerie, not a delicious delight as was Rocky Horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
November 21, 2008
David Cronenberg might have made a great movie with the plot to Repo! The Genetic Opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
November 20, 2008
It's not often you come across a film as unique as this, and while my taste for liver, lights, and sweetbreads isn't what it once was, this is still a fine post-Halloween aperitif, with guts to spare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
November 10, 2008
All-out thriller with few Bond touches but plenty of high-octane action.
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